Wawrinka Rallies to Defeat Federer in Monte Carlo Masters Final

by John on April 20, 2014

Stanislas Wawrinka

Stanislas Wawrinka fought back to defeat fellow Swiss Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters Sunday afternoon, capturing his tour-leading third title of the year and first career Masters crown. Wawrinka improved to 2-13 against Federer, with his other win also coming at Monte Carlo in 2009. In a match played in heavy conditions and briefly interrupted by rain, Wawrinka overcame a slow start to reel Federer in and win going away. The No. 3-ranked Wawrinka had 11 winners and 17 unforced errors in the first set, but committed only 17 unforced errors in the final two sets. He finished with 33 winners and 34 unforced errors. Federer had 21 winners and 38 unforced errors. The Swiss Maestro, No. 4 in the world, broke for a 3-2 lead in the opening set when Wawrinka hit a backhand long, and served it out when his countryman over-hit another backhand. Wawrinka got an early break to go up 2-0 in the second, but Federer broke right back with a superb passing shot down the line. Service prevailed the rest of the way to force a tiebreaker. Wawrinka raced to a 4-1 lead and leveled the match with a smash, after Federer had saved two set points serving at 3-6. The Stanimal, as Federer dubbed his compatriot when Wawrinka defeated both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal to win the Australian Open in January, broke twice in the final set and easily closed it out. “It’s always special to play Roger,” said Wawrinka. “We know it’s always a strange match, especially being in the final here. He’s my best friend on the tour. We respect each other so much. I’m just trying on the court to win the match. Before and after, we are still very good friends. During the match, we just try everything to win. Today I’m really happy to take that one.” For Federer, still looking for his first title at Monte Carlo, it was a disappointing day as he lost for the fourth time in the finals in Monaco, three times previously to eight-time champion Rafael Nadal. He also lost his chance to overtake Wawrinka for No. 3 in the rankings. “I think he deserved it just a little bit more,” Federer said. “It’s a huge win for him after winning his first Grand Slam this year, also to win his first Masters.” Wawrinka improved to 20-3 on the year, while Federer, who leads the tour with the most wins, dropped to 28-5.





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